Royal Gunpowder Mills

Mills
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Set in 170 acres of natural parkland and boasting 20 buildings of major historic importance, the site mixes fascinating history, exciting science and beautiful surroundings to produce a magical day out for all the family. Established in the 17th century and acquired by the Crown in 1787, the Royal Gunpowder Mills has a very important place in both the history of Great Britain and of its home town of Waltham Abbey.

Venue Type:

Science centre, Museum

Opening hours

Please see website for details.

Admission charges

Please see website for details.

Discounts

  • English Heritage
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
a photograph showing he contents of a 1940s shop

1940s Exhibition

  • 1 January 0200 — 1 January 2020 *on now

Explore war-time life with reconstructions from the 1940s. Experience the sights and sounds as you step inside an Anderson air-raid shelter, peek into a war-time kitchen, and toy shop, and browse in a 1940s general store.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Dr Gore

Spooky Secret Island

  • 22 — 30 October 2016

Get spooky this Halloween at the Royal Gunpowder Mills as Dr Gore’s moves in for Half Term Horrors! In need of brave volunteers daily, Dr Gore stirs up gruesome experiments with his Lab Rats, hoping to create and expand an evil empire! Science or Wizardry? You decide. A fun way to get children thinking and learning.

Join us throughout the day for Family Fun activities, slimey goings-on and helping create colourful potions for secret purpose. Experience what it’s like to be a wizard or witch and with new skills under you belt join us in our Spooky Spinks and make your hats and broomsticks!

Other nightmarish activities include Spooky Night Vision! Will you end up receiving a trick or treat? We’ve got surprises across the site and where better to get the shivers then in a place that has 300 years of secret stories?

An all-day all weather venue, children of all ages enjoy a full day at the Royal Gunpowder Mills. We have exhibitions and tours, ample play space and free parking, and we have been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE - Under 3
£7.75 - Children
£8.75 - Concessions
£9.75 - Adults

Website

https://www.royalgunpowdermills.com/whats-and-events/spooky-secret-island/

Fireworks at the Royal Gunpowder Mills

Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks

  • 5 — 6 November 2016 2-7pm

Celebrate Bonfire Night Saturday 5th or Sunday 6th in magnificent style with the fireworks display at the Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey, when the historic site on the banks of the River Lea hosts a weekend packed full of Guy Fawkes events.
The Guy Fawkes Experience is the chance to revisit the famous story of the plot to blow up the parliament of King James I. From 2pm onwards attractions include Family Fun activities for children of all ages, short theatre productions, 17th century soldiers, period characters, science shows. As darkness falls, fun fair with rides, barbecue and bar come alive. to keep you warm. Both days conclude in a spectacular fireworks display.
Open from 2pm, last entry 6.30pm. Pre-Booking is advised. See website for details and tickets (bit.ly/1QnESh5) Free for kids under the age of 3. Check website for show times, parking, and updates to programme.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

FREE - Under 3
£7.75 - Children
£8.75 - Concessions
£9.75 - Adults

Website

http://www.royalgunpowdermills.com

Royal Gunpowder Mills
Beaulieu Drive
Waltham Abbey
Essex
EN9 1JY
England

Website

www.royalgunpowdermills.com

E-mail

General enquiries

info@royalgunpowdermills.com

Telephone

Switchboard

01992 707370

Fax

01992 707372

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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